Brand, Winterbottom, Stassen Join Studiocanal AFM Lineup

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'The Gunman, 'Paddington' and 'Shaun the Sheep' screen in Santa Monica

Brit comedian Russell Brand and director Michael Winterbottom will join forces on “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a docu feature expose of the financial crisis which, with Ben Stassen’s “Robinson Crusoe,” a family-targeting riff on the classic, rep the new titles on Studiocanal’s AFM lineup.

Brand has never made a secret of his political leanings, and has been promoting his latest book “Revolution,” whose proceeds will go to creating non-profit social enterprises that “represent an alternative to some of the systems that we currently labor under,” will join Winterbottom. one of Britain’s most prolific and most European of quality directors, for what Studiocanal described Monday as a “polemical” documentary about the financial crisis exposing the gross contempo social inequalities.

Produced by Revolution Films, Winterbottom’s longterm partnership with Andrew Eaton, “New Clothes” will mix documentary – interviews, archival footage and comedy – with Brand taking the spectator from the heart of the City of London to New York to reveal “how the people at the bottom are paying for the luxuries of those at the top.”

“It’s about inequality and why the one percent seem to have so much and the rest of us not quite so much,” Winterbottom said in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Front Row” Last week.

A 3D family adventure film, directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, and produced by Stassen’s NWave Pictures, “Robinson Crusoe” sees Stassen addressing one of European literatures best-known figures, a bonus when it comes to selling animation.

“Robinson Crusoe” resets Daniel Defoe’s famed tale telling it from the point of view not of Friday, an islander, but Tuesday, an outgoing parrot who dreams of discovering the world.

Of other titles on Studiocanal’s AFM slare, which also features Tobias Lindholm’s “A War,” one flagship, “Bastille Day,” with Idris Elba, has just gone into production.

Max Joseph’s “We Are Your Friends,” with Zac Eron, about an aspiring Hollywood DJ, Luca Guadagnino’s psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash,” with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson, Brian Hegland’s Tom Hardy gangster thriller “Legend” and Stephen Frears’ still-untitled Lance Armstrong movie, with Ben Foster as the cyclist, are all in post-production.

Studiocanal screenings feature Pierre Morel’s Joel Silver-produced action thriller “The Gunman,” with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, “Paddington,” from “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington in a CGI-live action family adventure, and “Shaun the Sheep,” Aardman Animations’ first movie financed by Studiocanal.

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